Found December 27, 2012 on
The Bull Gator:
We’re back from the holidays, but two (now former) Florida Gators won’t be. Redshirt junior offensive lineman Matt Patchan and sophomore safety De’Ante “Pop” Saunders are leaving the program.
Patchan came to the Gators out of Tampa, FL (Armwood) in 2008. After being one of the nation’s most sought after recruits, he saw immediate playing time as a freshman. After spending time on the defensive line as a freshman, he moved to the offensive side of the ball. The future looked promising for Patchan, but then injuries took their toll. In 2009, he appeared in only four games and then missed the entire 2010 season. Patchan was able to appear in 12 games in 2011, but wasn’t healthy enough to play in 2012. He recently graduated and will look to move to a graduate program elsewhere so he can play immediately. Likely destinations are Boston College–where former Florida offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Steve Addazio is now the head coach–or Ohio State–where Urban Meyer will begi...
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Florida safety De'Ante Saunders and offensive tackle Matt Patchan are leaving the program.
Coach Will Muschamp announced the pending transfers Thursday after the fourth-ranked Gators landed in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl.
Muschamp says ''I think they needed a fresh start and that's all I've got to say about it.''
Saunders, a sophomore from DeLand...
Bruce Feldman's tweet about Florida Offensive Lineman Matt Patchan being interested in BC got me thinking. Why stop with just guys Addazio has a relationship with? Addazio and his staff should be making a grand push to get any interested and eligible fifth year to come to BC next season. It is a stop gap measure that could pay a nice dividend in Year 1.The current recruiting...
After splitting time at tight end and quarterback during the 2010 season, Jordan Reed moved full time to tight end for the start of the 2011 season. The Gators haven’t featured an elite passing attack in the two seasons with Reed at tight end, but his strong back-to-back seasons have put him in position to leave early for the NFL after the Sugar Bowl. The decision hasn’t been made yet.
Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced two transfers when the team landed in New Orleans on Thursday morning. Sophomore safety Pop Saunders and redshirt junior offensive lineman Matt Patchan have both left the team and will pursue the opportunity to play somewhere else.
The Florida Gators are in the Superdome today practicing for Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals in the upcoming Sugar Bowl. A Big East team will face an SEC team in Will Muschamp’s second bowl game as head coach. The Florida Gators only lost to Georgia this year after coming off a 7-6 season. Charlie Strong is working wonders at Louisville and was reportedly under consideration...
The Florida program has come full circle since the end of the 2009 season. The Gators finished that year with a berth in the Sugar Bowl where they pounded Cincinnati to send a successful senior class out with a 27-point win. The last two seasons have been inconsistent, but the Gators are back in New Orleans to cap off this season with another berth in the Sugar Bowl, rejoining the national elite.
Here's the game Dave Pilipovich and his first-year coaching staff have been waiting for. Facing Colorado was a challenge. Meeting Wichita State brought out a lot of fire in the Air Force men's basketball team. However, Saturday's showdown against the Florida Gators will tell the Falcons where they truly stand as the Mountain West Conference season approaches.